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Notre Dame Football Recruiting

New Notre Dame Offer Notes | 2021

May 10, 2020
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It’s not a surprise that Notre Dame expanded their 2021 recruiting board after being eliminated in the race for Donovan McMillon‍, a potential Rover, and losing the battle for running back Will Shipley‍.

Running back was clearly more pressing as Shipley was the board at the position for quite awhile for Notre Dame and the staff responded with offers to three new prospects. They might not be done offering either, but two of the new offers are what I would consider elite prospects.

Rover Josh Moore‍ (Georgia)

Moore is a really good athlete, but maybe not the twitchiest, which is why he’s probably better suited to play closer to the line of scrimmage. Notre Dame is recruiting him as a potential Rover and the fit makes sense to me.

He has very good instincts and ball skills. He can play downhill in the running game and is a solid perimeter tackler. Much like Justin Walters‍, he’s a physical player who is capable of momentum changing hits. He plays receiver on offense and shows good long speed doing that.

I think he’s a bit underrated right now and if he showed more twitch, I would have put him as a 4-star prospect. I see a player with big frame that he’s going to grow into as well.

Grade: 88 (3-star)

RB LJ Johnson Jr‍ (Texas)

Johnson is a back that Notre Dame should have offered sooner in my opinion, but all they can do now is play catch up. He’s worth taking a shot at because he’s a heck of a prospect and I have him ranked 79th overall (two spots behind Shipley in my rankings).

He’s a much different back than Shipley, though. He’s much more of a natural runner who can one cut and go along with good vision and lateral movement as an inside runner. This is an old school runner, a tackle-breaker, who may not be a true home run hitter, but when you need three, he can get you seven.

I think he’s a back with a super high floor, but not sure if he’s an All-American type. I think he’ll be a terrific power back in the right offense and if Notre Dame were to land him, they don’t have anyone else similar to his style on the roster.

Grade: 94 (4-star)

RB Alton McCaskill‍ (Texas)

McCaskill is intriguing because of the way he runs. He’s been time running a 10.9 100 meters and that easy speed shows up on the field. He’s a smooth strider that eats up ground. He can be slippery avoiding tackles in traffic, but his pad level is high and I want to see more of him than what I was able to watch.

He has above average feet and though he has a similar frame to former Notre Dame back Josh Adams, I don’t see the same cutting ability.

Grade: 89 (3-star)

RB Logan Diggs‍ (Louisiana)

I’m a big fan of Diggs after watching him. He’s severely underrated in my opinion. He can stick his foot in the ground and explode up the field and flashes some impressive ability to jump cut. He runs the stretch well and shows good patience and vision. His feet are outstanding and he absolutely maximizes yardage. I saw him kick it into that extra gear to get the corner more than a few times as well.

The most impressive thing about him is his ability to make defenders miss in the hole. He’s doing a lot of work on his own and if he had better blocking, I think there would be more opportunities for him to be a home run hitter. He’s a good athlete with receiver skills and shows a willingness to pick up the blitz while consistently finishing runs. His yards after contact aren’t that far off from his total rushing yards.

I would love to see his numbers running behind a better O-line that doesn’t force him to do so much before even getting to the second level.

Grade: 92 (4-star)

 
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